Escape The North Vietnam 8 Days / 7 Nights
Imagine a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s capitals. Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality.
Day 1 : Hanoi Arrival
Day 2 : Hanoi City Tour
Day 3 : Hanoi - Halong Cruise
Day 4 : Halong Bay Cruise - Hanoi - Night Train to Sapa
Day 5 : Sapa Tour
Day 6 : Sapa Tour - Homestay
Day 7 : Sapa Tour - Night Train Back to Hanoi
Day 8 : Hanoi - Departure
Day 01 : Hanoi Arrival
Pick you up at Hanoi airport and transfer to hotel in Hanoi city, Free time at leisure and overnight in Hanoi.
Day 02 : Hanoi City Tour ( B,L )
After breakfast, visit to Historical museum, Literature Temple, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One-pillar Pagoda. Lunch. Afternoon, visit Quan Thanh Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and shopping in the old quarter. Evening enjoy water puppet show. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 03 : Hanoi - Halong Cruise ( B,L,D )
After breakfast, Vietnam TripAdvisor's tour guide and car pick up and transfer to Ha Long Bay during 3 hours. Arrive Halong Bay. Check in boat and have lunch. Then visit Halong Bay during 4 hours. Overnight on boat.
Day 04 : Halong Bay Cruise - Hanoi - Night Train to Sapa ( B,L )
After breakfast, take another 4 -hour boat trip on the bay. Lunch at local restaurant. Return to Hanoi. Dinner on guest ‘s account. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi. This evening we begin our exciting journey up to Sapa when we board the overnight train for the Vietnam - China border town of Lao Cai.
Day 05 : Sapa Tour ( B,L,D )
Our guide meets you at the Lao Cai train station, and you depart for Sa Pa by minibus. Arriving in Sa Pa mid-morning, you check in to the hotel, have breakfast and short rest..
After lunch, our guide takes you to visit two Black H’mong villages (Cat Cat Village) and a waterfall. There, you will have a chance to see the hydroelectric power station built by the French. After that, it’s back to Sa Pa for dinner. In the evening, you’re free to do as you wish. You can explore the town of Sa Pa.Overnight in hotel.
Day 06 : Sapa Tour - Homestay ( B ,L ,D )
After breakfast we start trekking. The first part is on the road but we soon turn to the right and walk on a small path down the valley to the Muong Hoa River along Y Linh Ho valley and from here lead to the Black H'mong village Lao Chai. Black H'mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigio blue clothing. After this you continue to Ta Van village (1.200 m) to visit Zay people. Zay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in Northwest Vietnam . The development has meant that some of their old customs have been lost but many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green color. The Zay houses are build of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. We stay overnight with a local family in Ta Van and have our dinner here.
Day 07 : Sapa Tour - Night Train Back to Hanoi ( B,L)
After the breakfast we continue to visit Red Dao people at Giang Ta Chai where we also have short break near by a hanging brigde made from cane and a beautiful waterfall. The Red Dao women have very colorful red embroidery and coins on their clothing. On their head they wear a red scarf. Some of the women have shaved off their eyebrows because of a nice Red Zao Legend.
We continue along small paths in the rice fields, cross the Muong Hoa River and trek up to Su pan where you will meet the jeep and transfer back to Sapa. Have late lunch in Sapa in discover Sapa town in your own before departure to LaoCai train station. You'll have dinner either in a restaurant in Sapa or on the way back to Lao Cai to catch a night train back to Ha Noi.
Take night train from Lao Cai station to go back to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi next morning
Day 08 : Hanoi ( B )
Free time at leisure and transfer to airport for flight back.
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Trip Included :
Pick up & drop off at hotels at the tour places Accommodation based on twin sharing at places as indicated in program Food as mentioned in the itinerary (B- breakfast, L- lunch, D- dinner)
All transfers and transportation
All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary
Professional English speaking tour guide at places
Boat cruise on Halong Bay (shared boat)
Purified water & wet towel
Train Ticket with soft sleeper
Visa application fee to Vietnam
Other meals and drinks
Late check out & early check in for accommodation at the places
Airport tax and departure tax
All other service not made on the written form
Tips and gratuities